M. Hinkelmann
M. Baudisch
D. Wandt
U. Morgner
K. Zawilski
P. Schunemann
J. Neumann
I. Rimke
D. Kracht

High-repetition rate, mid-infrared, picosecond pulse generation with µJ-energies based on OPG/OPA schemes in 2-µm-pumped ZnGeP2

Optics Express
Type: Zeitschriftenaufsatz (reviewed)
We report on two different concepts to generate μJ-level mid-infrared laser pulses with sub-10 ps pulse duration via nonlinear parametric generation at high pulse repetition rates. Both schemes rely on the recent development of compact and efficient CPA-free, Ho:YLF-based 2-μm laser sources pumping the highly nonlinear crystal ZnGeP2 used for parametric amplification. The first concept comprises a simplified OPG/OPA scheme efficiently producing signal and idler radiation at fixed wavelengths of 3.0 and 6.5 μm, respectively. In the second concept, we demonstrate a wide spectral tunability of the picosecond, μJ pulses over the entire tuning range between 2.5 and 12 μm maintaining a constant bandwidth of sub-20 cm-1 by integrating a two-color pumping scheme and a spectral shaper into the setup. The presented compact and efficient mid-IR picosecond radiation sources offer a way towards low-cost mid-IR material processing and spectroscopic applications.